October 11, 2012
To paraphrase the Great Communicator (or maybe the Big Dog’s speech at this year’s DNC): there they go again. The opponents of marriage equality in Washington are out with their first TV ad opposing Referendum 74, a re-tread of all the old saws we’ve heard against equal marriage rights from campaigns around the country. The spot’s title–I kid you not–is almost unbelievable: “It’s Not About Equality.”
The arguments in Protect Marriage Washington’s ad aren’t new, but they’re still reprehensible. “Gays and lesbians already have the same legal rights as married couples,” the spot’s narrator claims, when it comes to hospital visitation, adoptions and child custody. PMW trots out the old “redefining marriage” language and then turns to kids, saying that only marriage between a man and a woman is beneficial for children and the future generation of Washingtonians.
The ad makes the old (and thoroughly debunked) claim that opponents of marriage equality have faced ‘lawsuits, fines and punishment’ in other states when gays and lesbians were allowed to marry. And, not surprisingly, it concludes with a kicker: “You can oppose same-sex marriage and not be anti-gay.” How’s that–oh right, because ‘it’s not about equality.’
We’ve seen this before. In California, we were told that kids would learn in school that princes can marry princes unless Prop 8 passed. In 2009, the same spin masters who brought us the Prop 8 campaign in California succeeded in spreading disinformation and passing Question 1, taking away equal marriage rights from couples that had married in the state. That’s why we need your help. Just like we did in North Carolina this May, P8TT and Courage are campaigning for marriage equality in Washington, flying volunteers to Seattle and conducting phone banks to help get out the vote. Take a look at Protect Marriage Washington’s spot and see what we’re up against.
A vote against Referendum 74 is a vote against gay and lesbian couples. Domestic partnerships are not equal to full marriage equality–because of the Defense of Marriage Act, they don’t provide the full federal rights afforded to married heterosexual couples, and they don’t provide same-sex couples the full dignity and respect that their relationships deserve. Donate today and help make 2012 the year the marriage equality wins at the ballot box for the very first time. Together, we can do this.